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Chattanooga Police Cadets Immersed Themsevles in Diverse Communities. Here's Why.
Chattanooga police cadets train in different ways: they improve their aim at the firing range, endure obstacle courses, and maneuver through driving courses. Also, they go out into the community and get to know the people they’ll be protecting--in particular, underserved, minority and LGBTQ communities. It’s called the Cadet Community Immersion Project. "They're deliberately engaging one another," Chief David Roddy says about the projects, "and they're getting comfortable and trusting one another. That's the exact goal of all of it." WUTC attended a public event at the Camp House in January of 2018 where cadets gave presentations about what they'd learned. A new class of cadets is preparing to graduate in August, and they'll be giving presentations at the Camp House on July 19, 2018, starting at 4:15 p.m. FROM A MEDIA RELEASE: WHO: Chief of Police David Roddy and the 2018-2 Cadet Class cordially invite you to attend the Community Immersion Project presentation. WHAT: Cadets have spent

TVA Gives Public Tour of Chickamauga Dam
This year marks the 85 th anniversary of the signing of the Tennessee Valley Authority Act, and to celebrate, TVA invited the public to tour some of their hydro facilities , including Chickamauga Dam. WUTC’s Will Davis took a tour.

When 'Terror Came to Chattanooga,' This Navy Hero Fought Back
U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Tim White was in charge of Chattanooga's Navy Operational Support Center on July 16, 2015--the day a homegrown terrorist shot at the center, killing five--and White was the first person to fire back at the terrorist. Later, while dealing with the stress of the experience and sorrow over the losses, he found solace through songwriting. Operation Song , a Tennessee nonprofit pairing veterans with hit songwriters, helped White write "When Terror Came to Chattanooga." In this interview, White tells us about it all.

A Snow Globe Spurs a Flight to France in 'Pap Pap Goes to Paris'
After writing two novels for adults and a short-story collection, Chattanooga author Janie Dempsey Watts has published her first book for children, Pap Pap Goes to Paris: And so does Ricky. She joins us to talk about it. Publisher's description: Seeing a snow globe of the Eiffel Tower, Ricky wants to go to Paris with his grandfather to climb the famous monument. After convincing his parents, he travels to Paris and experiences everything from cobblestones to croissants. He sees the gigantic tower up close, and wonders how he will make it up the almost 700 stairs. With encouragement from his grandfather, Ricky tackles the stairs and learns the importance of teamwork and persistence.

'Shrek, The Musical' Opens in the Signal Mountain Playhouse 7/6
Shrek, The Musical , the stage show based on the Oscar winning movie, opens in The Signal Mountain Playhouse on Friday, July 6 th . Richard Winham talked to the with director Joel Scribner and the choreographer Dr. Jennifer Wilson.

Counting Endagered Gray Bats In a Tennessee Cave
Nickajack Cave is one of the most important caves in the Tennessee Valley for biologists because it’s a maternity roost for the federally endangered Gray Bat. If you’re wondering how many bats are in the cave, WUTC’s Will Davis has the answer.

One of Chattanooga's Best Kept Secrets Regularly Saves Lives
Thirteen percent of the people living in Hamilton County – around 60,000 people – have no health insurance. If they have a chronic health condition -- and many do – until a few years ago they had few options. But in 2011 Volunteers in Medicine opened a clinic in Chattanooga. There are four V.I.M. clinics in Tennessee. All the care they provide is completely free. The first V.I.M.clinic was started by Dr. Jack McConnell. He had retired to Hilton Head island in South Carolina where at that time in the early 1990’s one out of every three people were uninsured. Then as now many retired medical professionals were living on the island. In 1994, Dr. McConnell with the help of many of those retired professionals opened the first free health clinic on the island. There are now 88 V.I.M. clinics across the country. Richard Winham talked to the executive director of the V.I.M. clinic here in Chattanooga, Ashley Wolfe-Evans and the medical director, Dr. Robert Bowers.

Ruby Falls Undergoes Major Expansion
Nearly 23, 000 tons of rock was removed from Lookout Mountain and repurposed to make way for new venues and enhanced amenities for visitors to the popular tourist attraction, Ruby Falls. The expansion was unveiled at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday, July 22.

'Sacred Disease' Filmed in Chattanooga
An award-winning short film shot right here in the Tennessee Valley is now available online . WUTC’s Will Davis talked to filmmaker Erica Scoggins about The Sacred Disease.

Ballot Vox: Watch Tennessee Gubernatorial Candidates Speak at UTC
The Chattanooga Times Free Press hosted the forum Monday evening on the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga campus. Democratic gubernatorial hopefuls Karl Dean and Craig Fitzhugh participated, as well as Republicans Randy Boyd, Beth Harwell, and Bill Lee. Watch below.

Chekov & Chattanooga Influence Sybil Baker’s Novel ‘While You Were Gone’
Sybil Baker’s While You Were Gone is the story of three sisters dealing with their father's death and uncovering secrets about him and other relatives who have passed away. They grow up in a large house on beautiful Missionary Ridge overlooking Chattanooga, and their extended family is part of the city's upper class. But the sisters feel shunned, and slowly learn why their family is fractured. Local readers will recognize many landmarks: the Walnut Street Bridge, Lamar's, and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga—where Baker teaches creative writing and humanities. Inspired by Chekov’s play Three Sisters , Baker’s newest novel is a Southern story about prejudice, privilege, parents, and more. As a lifelong Chattanoogan, I appreciated how the novel realistically wove in local geography and history—who else remembers when JJ’s Bohemia used to be The Chameleon?—and especially recommend it to new residents and out-of-town readers. If you know the city only because of the Choo-Choo or

Celebrating Readers and Writers in Chattanooga: Library Hosts Fair 6/23
This Saturday, June 23rd, The Chattanooga Readers and Writers Fair is celebrating writing and reading from 10 am until 4:30 pm in the Chattanooga City Library. Writers will be reading from their work in the auditorium on the main floor, while on the 2nd floor there will be entertainment for the children. There will also be readings on the 4th floor, and vendors will be setting up booths on the 4th floor as well. From 12 noon until 1pm there will be an open mic on the plaza in front of the library along with food vendors for lunch. Richard Winham talked to Sherry Poff from the Chattanooga Writers’ Guild as well as three of the writers –Finn Bille, Dana Shavin and Paul Luikart—who will be at the fair on Saturday.

Books With Berke: 'Steal Like An Artist' Author Austin Kleon Event on 6/20
Austin Kleon visits Chattanooga on Wednesday, June 20th for an event at the Downtown Public Library at 6 pm. Kleon's Steal Like An Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative is the first selection in Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke's Books With Berke club, examining themes of creativity, collaboration and changing the world. Berke and Kleon will speak at the event and answer questions, and Kleon will sign copies of his book; Starline Books will be there with copies for sale.

Tennesseans Will Die Defending Democracy. But, Actually Vote? Nah.
In Tennessee, we're ready to fight for freedom. We're known as as the Volunteer State because of our reputation for military service. But during the past few years' elections, we've been far less willing to get out and vote--our turnout numbers have been among the nation's lowest. Why? And how does it affect who gets elected? Shanna Singh Hughey, President of Think Tennessee , discusses it with us. They're a Nashville-based, nonpartisan think tank studying voting issues, election security, and other challenges in the state.

Chattanooga's First Festival of Black Arts & Ideas Begins 6/14
Chattanooga’s first festival of Black Arts and Ideas starts Thursday and continues through Tuesday, June 19 t h — the day known as Juneteenth, the anniversary of African American Emancipation. Over six days the festival will celebrate Black Americans’ contribution to theater, film, and music—concluding with a dramatic reading of the emancipation proclamation on the steps of City Hall. Richard Winham talked to the festival’s organizer, Ricardo Morris.

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